I have knitted quite a few cardigans recently. I made this cardigan a few months ago from a beautiful pale pink soft merino which has a reputation for stretching in the wash. I actually put this cardigan in the washing machine and I’ve not had any problems. My alpaca and merino mix cardigans get hand washed, but the merino is fine in the machine as long as you put it in a net bag to keep it confined.
Melissa LaBarre’s Tea Leaves Cardigan is a really simple pattern suitable for a beginner knitter. You do have a lot of stitches on the needle when doing the yoke but you only need to know a few basic stitches and techniques. I could happily knit this one with lots going on around me without the worry of losing concentration and going wrong (I usually need complete silence when I’m knitting). This could be my go to cardigan pattern when I don’t want anything too involved! A lot of other people feel the same way. More than two and a half thousand people have posted their copies of this cardigan on Ravelry.
There was a similar pattern on Ravelry for a short sleeved jumper called Ruched Yoke Tee by AnneLena Mattison which is knitted in a double knit yarn. I really liked the keyhole at the neckline but I didn’t want a short sleeved version as I have lots of T-shirts and can’t be bothered to knit one. But I really like that keyhole and this pattern is easy to knit like the Tea Leaves Cardigan so I have started knitting one in a pale pink cotton merino, but with three quarter length sleeves. I usually only knit cardigans; I can’t remember the last time I knitted a jumper. It is taking forever. It shouldn’t be. It is knitted in the round using stockinette stitch, so I just have to keep knitting. No purling. But it’s still very slow going (I do realize that’s only me as nearly everyone else on Ravelry has said it was a quick knit for them) and I keep getting side tracked with other projects like darted tops and baby booties patterns. I really have to finish it. Just one more waist decrease, then increasing again for the hips. The worrying thing is that my next planned project is in 4 ply. Perhaps I should put that off for a while and do a quick aran knit first. Or perhaps I should stop thinking about what else I want to knit and just finish this one!
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